Bay Citizen Launches. We Report on Their Reporting.
|The Bay Citizen has launched ... with an expose of a 35-year-old law|
So we did. And we will again. It's good to read actual reported articles on the web. But, to be honest, we're a bit perplexed by the Bay Citizen's choice for its first investigative feature.
The story uses 3,000 words to essentially inform readers that, A. Prop. 13 exists, and; B. It's better to be an obscenely wealthy person who pays little in taxes than a poor or middle-class person who pays a lot. The level of reportage for this story is notable -- sources are interviewed, numbers are crunched, formulas are applied, and there's even an interactive chart. But, for all that, the dense, slowly unfolding story fails to offer any revelations. Yes, Prop. 13 exists and it benefits old, rich people who've owned their houses for a long time. And, yes, that hardly seems fair -- as interviewee after interviewee tells the Bay Citizen.
Bravo to the Bay Citizen for writing a serious story about a serious issue. But we think those with even a rudimentary understanding of Prop 13 know most of this stuff -- and ignorant people will not read this story to the end.
And yet, reading the Bay Citizen, we also learned Mark Twain's lover once bought him a vibrating sex toy.
Finally, we enjoyed the article about Episco Disco; many of the Bay Citizen's stories seem to have the "Amazing scenes were witnessed today" tone of "serious journalism." That's fine, but it's also good to have long, free-flowing stories about a disco project in a cathedral, too. More pictures and perhaps even video would have been a good thing as well.
The Bay Citizen appears to be updating its page often. We know we'll be back to check several times a day.
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